© 2020 – 2022. 2chairs artspace
22 – 25 March 2023
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Schönhauser Allee 79, Berlin 10439

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The chair is well-known as one of the most utility objects ever that can be found in almost every home from ancient times to today, one of the best examples of a contemporary mass product that in extremely rare cases has an author. 2chairs artspace contemplates chairs as an exhibition space, an invitation to the dialogue, and a symbol of a certain self-sufficient life element. Its representation of artists, who succeed in another career before committing to the artistic practice, indicates a will to open the art world door while leaving a chair free for anyone who wants to take a seat.

In "Duals" 2chairs artists are exploring the ambivalence surrounding the distinction between an artwork and an object. Where is the border separating exclusivity (elitism) from inclusivity (mass)? Why is there a need for authorship against nameless production? Who draws the line between uselessness and utilitarianism? Is it a permanent drawing or a temporal one? If anything, art history teaches us that canons can be changed and questions who is a decision-maker.

"Duals" invites everyone to participate, not only as visitors but also as authors. Stefano Loiacono initiates an installation that anyone can rearrange, by adding their share as well as their names to the contributing artists' list. Traces that are left on the red carpet at the opening will be a key part of Lena Ash's artwork that will be exposed the next day. Oliver Orthuber proposes to deep into the mundanity of everyday life by sitting on his chair specifically designed for the 2Chairs project. But please do not try to sit down on Josephine Riemann's chair – her piece is a deposit for emotions enclosing a living space. Jacalyn Carley's works blur the line amid a sculptural, sensual, porous representation, though its nails clearly state in Braille "Touch Me Not". Bernd Reichert's portrait captures the moment of a story with no beginning or end, where a human figure may be finding a way out by closing all the air in. Camila Piana reinvents herself by sewing her present from pieces of the past. Scott Culley also explores how the past appears in the present with the help of marketing, mass production and distribution channels.

The exhibition will be opened on the 22nd of March with Manifashion#3 – Stefano Loiacono's performance that explores possible engagement between art, artist and audience, everyone is welcome to stop, listen, respond or simply keep walking.
How it was
Meet 2chairs artists
  • Bernd Reichert
    grew up in East Germany, after 30 years in Belgium come back to West Berlin to
    self-develop visual language, based on the decontextuali-zation of original motives and the influence of his psycho-logical perception of reality.
  • Camila Piana
    a Peruvian artist, currently lives and works in Berlin, educated primarily as an Industrial Engineer. Today she obsessively draws circles and tells stories in an imaginary language strictly composed by using data.
  • Jac Carley
    a Berlin-based artist also known for her choreographic oeuvre as well as for published books and poems. Born in the USA she bought a one-way ticket to Berlin in 1976 and established Tanzfabrik there.
  • Josephine Riemann
    lives and works between Berlin and Wien. After more than 20 years of working at school, she fully devoted herself to artistic practice. Mostly she makes objects and installations related to everyday life.
  • Lena Ash
    born in the USSR, first studied Geography, lives and works in Berlin as an independent curator and visual artist, in 2020 founded 2chairs artspace. In artistic practice, she focuses on gender challenges.
  • Oliver Orthuber
    born in Bavaria, came to Berlin to study architecture, wrote 3 books, recorded 5 albums, and started exploring visual art by using deconstructionist language in his self-developed method of "material shocking".
  • Scott Culley
    an American-born artist, trained as an architect, who crafts unique quilted artworks and limited-edition prints to explore themes of macabre and masculinity, which are expressed through vibrant, intricate designs.
  • Stefano Loiacono
    born in Italy, obtained a Master's Degree in Psychology, currently based in Berlin. Inspired by murals, graffiti, mosaics and stained glass windows, he combines colours into an aggregation of organic shapes.